Anthony Burgess: A Clockwork Orange
- Kirstyn Smith
- 27 August 2010
This article is from 2010.
Timeless novel given female makeover
Anthony Burgess’ timeless novel is given an unconventional makeover with an influx of girls and an examination of the rise of the female gang. With the delightfully eccentric Amy Brangwyn playing the violent protagonist Alex, and taking full advantage of the androgynous name, the tale takes on a thought-provoking twist. As she camps it up and holds court over the audience with expert ease, the gruesome story plays out – but somehow manages to balance crude and explicit scenes with a macabre black humour. This comedic element, added to the feminine overtones, render the play more palatable, but without losing the horrifying bite. Combining rape scenes with cheerful songs will make the audience uncomfortable, but there is something irresistibly charming about Alex, so it is infuriatingly hard to remember that she is a monster.
For those who have not read the book, the more conclusive ending takes away from the film’s ambiguity, more clearly adding issues of maturity and growing up. Added to all this, splendid costumes and a breathtaking score make this production a hit.